Cats are very sensitive creatures! They not only pick up on noises and scents, but bad vibes in general. But can they sense magnetic fields and radiation? Yes! Some cats can not only sense electromagnetic fields, but are also deeply affected by EMFs. Here’s what we know, and what you can do to protect your cats from EMFs.
Table of Contents
- Cats and Electromagnetic Fields
- Are EMFs Dangerous to Cats?
- Symptoms of EMF Radiation in Cats
- EMF Sources That May Be Affecting Your Pet:
- Ways to Minimize EMF Effects for your Feline
Cats and Electromagnetic Fields
EMF stands for electromagnetic field. These fields are areas of energy that are invisible. Wireless devices such as WiFi and cell phones emit EMFs to during use. Strong sources of power, like power lines, also emit an electrical field.
Cats have a wider range of senses than humans. They can see better in the dark, they can smell better, they have amazing hearing, and their whiskers are very sensitive to tiny vibrations and other changes in their environment. Between all these sensory upgrades, cats are well equipped to detect frequency changes such as those provided by non-native electromagnetic radiation.
Are EMFs Dangerous to Cats?
Scientists have shown that radiation can affect the central nervous system of cats. However, the jury is still out on the degree to which electromagnetic fields affect pets. As the useage of electronic items has ramped up exponentially over the past decades, greater awareness has emerged of the potential health effects of EMFs.
Some sources still insist that EMFs are safe. However, many people and animals are very sensitive to EMFs and feel better when mitigating exposure to them.
Cats sometimes have a reputation for acting jumpy, fussy, or just plain silly. Is this because cats can sense electromagnetic fields that the humans in the room just aren’t noticing?
Regardless of our opinion on EMF exposure affecting us or our cats, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) recommends “continued education on practical ways of reducing exposures to EMFs.” We list a few of these below!
Symptoms of EMF Radiation in Cats
EMF symptoms in cats can overlap with symptoms of human exposure. According to this study published by the Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, these symptoms of EMF sensitivity commonly include:)
- sleep disturbance/insomnia
- depression/depressive symptoms
- concentration/attention dysfunction
- memory changes
- loss of appetite/body weight
- skin burning/tingling/dermographism
Remember that cats don’t like to display signs of pain or discomfort. Their symptoms usual masquerade as anxious or other undesirable behaviors.
If your cat is experiencing some of these symptoms, consider that he may be sensitive to EMFs in his environment. EMFs are abundant in today’s digital-centric world.
If your cat’s behavior changes suddenly, and your vet can’t find anything specific that’s wrong, consider if there has been a change in the electromagnetic environment recently.
EMF Sources That May Be Affecting Your Pet:
If you live in the city, you may have dozens of WiFi networks running through your home.
- Smart meters
Some homes have one smart meter, and some have a bank of them for several homes clustered together.
According to the National Cancer Institute, “Power lines produce magnetic fields continuously because current is always flowing through them.”
Ways to Minimize EMF Effects for your Feline
1. Leave Some Space
Keep kitty’s favorite hangouts away from EMF hot spots. Make sure not to put a kitty hammock on a window by the smart meter outside. Don’t put her food bowl next to the microwave, and don’t put an air filter by the cat tree. To see for yourself where your EMF hot spots are, use a simple EMF meter like this one to measure around your home.
Consider keeping one room of your home completely free of electronic devices, extra LED lights, and other potentially irritating electronic signals. This “quiet room” can give your cat somewhere to rest and recharge.
2. Remove or Lower Exposures
Block or turn off sources of EMF in your home. Many families turn off the WiFi router at night, since it isn’t being used then anyway. A lot of people report better sleep quality after implementing the habit. There are covers available for smart meters.
There are cages available to minimize WiFi radiation while it’s running (without cutting your signal). Unplug air filters and turn off TVs when not in use. All of these tools and strategies will lessen the EMF burden on your sensitive cat.
You could also consider taking your cat outside safely or setting up a safe outdoor space for her to spend time in a place with a lower EMF exposure.
Consider lining your cat’s favorite cat bed with a radiation-blocking blanket.
3. Combat Cellular Dehydration
One of the ways EMFs are known to interact with biology is by affecting intracellular hydration. This occurs when the EMFs interact with ions that control how electrolytes such as sodium, calcium, and potassium get in and out of cells.
If your cat has access to rich minerals through his diet, he will have sufficient electrolytes in his system and be less affected by this process.
Help your cat achieve optimal cellular hydration by providing mineral rich foods and snacks. These include whole, animal based sources of nutrition and hydration. Consider offering raw kefir or raw milk as a treat, as dairy products are exceptionally hydrating, and raw and fermented dairy tends to be more digestible and nutrient rich than pasteurized dairy.
If your cat is displaying signs of EMF sensitivity, it may be worth a try to implement a few of these strategies. And you never know – your kitty might feel better, and you might too!